Among Big Ten programs, the Gophers stand second in the rankings behind only Michigan in 14th.
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Sean Donnelly (hammer throw), Mitch Hechsel (800 meters) and the 4x400 meter relay squad of Goaner Deng, Brad Neumann, Nate Roese and Jack Wellenstein.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with six CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honorees.
2016 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Named to the Second All-Big Ten Team. • Second Team All-American. • At the Minnesota Open, won the weight throw competition with a mark of 20.00 meters. • Led the Maroon and gold to victory at the Border Battle Duel with Wisconsin with a winning mark of 20.41 meters in the weight throw. • Notched a runner-up performance in the weight throw with his personal record of 21.62 meters (70-11.25 ft.), moving him to third on the Minnesota All-Time list.
2015 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: Top three finishes were abundant in his junior weight throw campaign, including a second place finishes in the Minnesota Open (a new personal record), the Jack Johnson Classic, and the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: Set a school record in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. • Recorded wins in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo, the Texas Invitational, and the Carelton Relays.
2014 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 19.71 meters (64-08.00) while competing unattached. Placed 4th in the weight throw at the Snowshoe Open with a throw of 19.97 meters (65-06.75) unattached. Outdoor: At the Hamline Invitational unattached finished second in the hammer with a throw of 58.14 meters (190-09) • won the hammer unattached at the Holst Invitational with a throw of 63.15 meters (207-02) • at the Carleton Relays placed first in the hammer with a throw of 65.46 meters (214-09)• won the hammer throw unattached at the Tom Cat Twilight with a throw of 62.91 meters (206-05) • won the hammer unattached at the SMU Cardinal Open with a throw of 63.14 meters (207-02) • won the hammer unattached at the Musco Twilight with a throw of 67.10 meters (220-02) • won the hammer unattached at the Mark Messersmith Invite with a throw of 67.92 meters (220-10) • won the hammer unattached at the UW-La Crosse Qualifier with a throw of 62.82 meters (205-05).
Communications Major. • Hometown: Capannoli, Italy. • Transferred from the University of Pisa. • Son of Nicola Ferretti and Lacesssia Morelli. • Has a sister, Maria Ferretti. • Enjoys photography. • Won the Italian Youth Championship (2008), Italian Junior Champ (2009), Italian U23 Championship (2012). • Competed in the European Junior Championships (2010) and European U23 (2012).
Blankenship Joins Mead on Olympic Team
A native of Stillwater, Minn., Blankenship took third in the 1,500 meter final at Hayward Field, clocking a 3:36.18.
Mead Punches Olympic Ticket
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
Blankenship Paces Semis at Olympic Trials
The Stillwater, Minn., native led the field with a time of 3:44.24 in Friday's semifinals.